CGR on a Mission to Master Milwaukee
August 14, 2014
Race: ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest, August 17
Drivers: @scottdixon9 @TonyKanaan @Ryan_Briscoe @charliekimball
Cars: No. 9 Target, No. 10 Huggies, No. 8 NTT DATA, No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolets
Track: The Milwaukee Mile (1-mile oval)
TV: NBC Sports Network 3:00 PM ET
Social: @CGRTeams #TeamTarget #NTTDATARacing #RaceWithInsulin
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
Championship Pedigree: Chip Ganassi was honored last week by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) for outstanding contributions to motorsports by receiving the inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award. The award is named after the “Father of American Road Racing”, a visionary who, in 1948, conceived, organized and drove in the first post-war road race in America through the roads of Watkins Glen. "Chip Ganassi is a titan in the racing community. His leadership and business acumen have grown Chip Ganassi Racing from a one-car team to a powerhouse in the industry," said International Speedway Cooperation President John Saunders. "Owning multiple teams across different racing series is no small task, yet he continues to find success at the upper echelons of professional motorsports.” NASCAR President Mike Helton added, "Chip is an outstanding competitor, savvy team owner and is passionate about his work. The France Family and all of NASCAR congratulate Chip on being the first recipient of the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for outstanding contributions to motorsports."
Milwaukee Magic: Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) has four wins at The Milwaukee Mile (1998, 2000, 2009, 2011), including victories in two of the last five Verizon IndyCar Series races at the track (Dixon, 2009; Franchitti, 2011).
TCGR Drivers at Milwaukee: In Dixon and Kanaan’s combined 24 career starts at Milwaukee, they have a total of three wins, seven podiums, 10 top-fives and 17 top-10s. Dixon and Kanaan have completed 5172 of 5475 (94.4%) laps of competition and have led a combined 410 laps.
New Journeys: Nicole Briscoe, wife of Verizon IndyCar Series CGRT driver Ryan Briscoe, announced that she has signed a new contract with ESPN to become a SportsCenter anchor after her role as host of NASCAR Countdown concludes. Nicole, who joined ESPN in 2008, will start her new SportsCenter role in January and the family will relocate to ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters. “I'm very happy with the opportunities that have been presented to me,” said Briscoe. “ESPN is where I want to be, and I'm excited about starting the next chapter of my career as well as a new adventure for my family.”
Diabetic Living Feature: Charlie Kimball was featured in the 2014 Fall Issue of Diabetic Living Magazine along with his endocrinologist, Dr. Anne Peters. The piece focuses on Dr. Peters and how she helps athletes like Kimball compete in their respective sports while managing their diabetes.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR THE MILWAUKEE MILE
Scott Dixon and No. 9 Target Team
Milwaukee Hot Streak: Dixon has finished inside the top-10 in eight of the last 10 races at Milwaukee, including a victory in 2009.
Ovals in Overdrive: Since joining CGRT in 2002, Dixon has won 17 races on oval tracks and has finished on the podium 46 times. Out of his 123 career oval starts, he has finished in fifth or better in 51 percent of his races (63 top-fives) and 10th or better in 74 percent (91 top-10s). Dixon has an average start of 7.2 and an average finish of 7.3. He has completed 24,214 of 25,998 (93.1%) laps of oval competition and has led a total of 3381 laps.
Moving On Up: With his victory at Mid-Ohio, Dixon tied Al Unser Jr. for sixth on the all-time wins list with 34. He also extended his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to 10, while his pole at Iowa earlier this year marked his eighth consecutive season with a pole. He has led at least one race for 12 consecutive seasons. Dixon has 172 consecutive starts, placing him in fourth on the all-time list and second among active drivers behind teammate Kanaan.
Tony Kanaan and No. 10 Huggies Team
Triple Triumph: Kanaan is looking to pick up his third win at The Milwaukee Mile. His previous victories occurred in 2006 and 2007.
Milwaukee Master: In addition to his two previous wins (2006, 2007), Kanaan has finished inside the top-five in six out his last nine starts Milwaukee. He has claimed four podiums, including a second-place finish in 2012, and has completed 2880 of 3175 (90.7%) laps of competition while leading a total of 234 laps.
Ryan Briscoe and No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet
Blast From the Past: In Briscoe’s seven attempts at the Milwaukee Mile, he has one win, one pole position, and one second-place finish. Briscoe has led 190 laps of those seven races and he made his biggest move in a race during his 2008 win at the Milwaukee Mile from his qualifying position of 11th up to first.
Briscoe, on Milwaukee: “The Milwaukee Mile is just one of those tracks that I either do really well or really poor at and I’m excited to get back there after my disappointing finish last year of 15th on the oval. The whole Chip Ganassi Racing team is coming off of our weekend at Mid-Ohio with a lot of momentum and promise for the rest of the season. The No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet ran really well at Mid-Ohio and would’ve probably done even better if not for that incident in the first lap that damaged our front wing. I truly believe that we are knocking on the door of a big break, and I’m hoping that Milwaukee will be the place.”
Charlie Kimball and No. 83 Novo Nordisk Team
Left Turn Only: Throughout Kimball’s four season Verizon IndyCar Series career, he has qualified in the top 10 six times (Texas 2011, New Hampshire 2011, Kentucky 2011, Texas 2013, Fontana 2013, Iowa 2014) and he has finished in the top 10 eight times (New Hampshire 2011, Indianapolis 2012, Fontana 2012, Indianapolis 2013, Pocono 2013, Fontana 2013, Texas 2014, Iowa 2014) on ovals. While his first podium came on a street course in the streets of Toronto, Kimball’s second podium of his career came on an oval at Pocono Raceway in 2013.
Kimball, on Milwaukee: "I'm looking forward to getting back out on an oval this weekend and competing at the Milwaukee Mile. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team has been so strong lately once the green flag drops with solid pit stops, a quick race pace for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet, and the right strategy calls. I know I can count on them when it's needed. We haven't always had the best luck at The Mile, but I think Chip Ganassi Racing as a whole is on the upswing. After a good result in Mid-Ohio and a successful test at Sonoma, we can really come back strong these last few races and earn some points toward the championship."